Monday, June 14, 2021

Immigration recruitment tragedy: Again, EFCC quizzes Moro


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Former Interior minister, Comrade Abba Moro, was on Thursday, again quizzed by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The former minister arrived at the commission by 11am and left at 4.20pm after his interrogation by operatives.

Moro was interrogated on Tuesday in connection with the ill-failed Immigration recruitment on May, 2014.

A top operative of the commission said the former minister was asked to go on administrative bail after the interrogation on Tuesday and was directed to return on Thursday for a continuation of the exercise.

The source said: “The former Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, returned to the commission on Thursday.

“You know that the man came here on Tuesday and was asked to return on Thursday and he kept his word.

“He came by 11am and left the office after his interrogation by 4.20pm.”

It was further stated that the commission was still continuing with the investigation into the recruitment exercise which led to the death of 19 applicants across the country.

The EFCC had reopened investigations into the NIS recruitment scandal with the interrogation of the immediate past Comptroller-General of Customs, Mr. David Paradang, on September 15, 2015.

In the testimony he gave at the commission, Paradang was said to have made statements in his defence which made it necessary for the EFCC team to interrogate more people in connection with the incident.

It was gathered that the EFCC is focusing attention on the Ministry of Interior under Moro, members of the Civil Defence, Fire, Prison Services Board, who were said to have played various roles in the tragic recruitment exercise.

The commission is probing how the sum of N600 million collected from the applicants, who indicated interest in the NIS recruitment, was spent.

It was learnt that the operatives were working hard to uncover what happened to N555m as those who conducted the exercise were said to have declared N45m as the amount collected from the applicants.

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